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Adversity Flip™

Turn Adversity Over to Find Something Good

29 April


He worked by day and toiled by night.

He gave up play and some delight

Dry books he read, new things to learn.

And forged ahead, success to earn.

He plodded on with faith and pluck.

And when he won, others called it luck.    

~ Author Unknown


Life is hard. It takes sacrifices. It’s full of adversity.

When someone has a lot of adversity in a short period of time, people often say they are having bad luck. I don’t believe in luck – good or bad. At least one other person agrees with me…

“Luck? I don’t know anything about luck. I’ve never banked on it and I’m afraid of people who do. Luck to me is something else: Hard work – and realizing what is opportunity and what isn’t.” 

~ Lucille Ball

Adversity is a test. And there is always, always a lesson within it. Sometimes the lesson is easy to spot & other times it is very tough to find.

Yes, life can be wonderful. And we’re all glad to for that. But the reality is that life is hard work & there are & will be difficulties.

But all too often advertisements, tv & movies portray life as one non-stop joy-ride.

Ironically, it’s much easier to be happy when you realize life isn’t 100% fun. If you picture life as 100% fun, you’re going to be disappointed – repeatedly.

I’m not suggesting you become a cynic as a way to be happy. Rather, having a realistic view of life: accepting that there will be highs & lows, adversity & good times, will make your life more enjoyable than being at either extreme.

Let’s hear your thoughts…